The southern parts here in Namibia are known for scorching temperatures and December was certainly no exception. One morning at 10h30, the temperature gauge read 38 degrees in the shade!
This offending piece of equipment was very quickly removed and everyone tried to forget how hot it was! Strong winds dominated the late afternoons and the sunsets were spectacular as usual.
Brown hyaena have always been rare sightings, but some of our guests were lucky enough to see one driving back to camp after their sunset drive. Most of our guests are well travelled in Africa but for many of them seeing a brown hyaena was a first.
We have a massive area in which we operate and are constantly looking for new things to do for our guests. On one of these excursions, Kobus, Willem and Petrus went to Dune 1 to see what could be found, and came across one of the original desert 4x4s: a tenebrionid beetle, running effortlessly up the dune. A white lady spider also came out for an inspection and Kobus was ready to capture this on camera.
Special Events - Christmas!
December was marked by festive season silliness and even if you are in the desert, you don't escape the excitement. At Kulala Desert Lodge we keep Christmas as "Namibian" as possible by using a dry acacia tree and locally made Christmas decorations. Our guests got into the Christmas spirit and helped us decorate our tree. On Christmas Eve, our guests were invited to join us for a cocktail on the veranda of the main area and were treated to a huge spread put together by Phillip and his team. Lona and the Teek hosted everyone at the family table and turkey stuffed with apple and herbs was served as the main dish, followed by a traditional malva pudding. On Christmas Day, the service staff placed a buffet of gammon and salads out on the veranda so that our guests could enjoy the spread while catching a bit of the breeze outside!
"Very friendly and efficient service and assistance. Nice, lovely flexible people."
"Great visit, we loved the resort, unique experience, staff were superb, guides were excellent - very knowledgeable."
"Very satisfied ... Thanks for providing such a wonderful experience. We take away many fond memories of the area."
Managers: Dawie and Christa
Assistant managers: Violet, Kobus
Food and Beverage Manager: Phillip
Relief Manager: Lona
Guides: Angula, Petrus, Jaos, George, Willem